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Alain Choquette Collection on baseball (C692)

1896-1980. - 5 cm of textual records (27 documents). - 107 photographs.

Administrative History - Biographical Sketch:

Alain Choquette was born in St. Adèle, Quebec, in 1962. He first made a name for himself on television as a magician on the Télé-Métropole (TVA) talk show program Ad Lib.

In 1993 he became the first Quebec magician to do a big show on stage, at the Théâtre Saint-Denis in Montreal. The show, "Première apparition," was a huge success. Over a two-year span, he gave more than 200 performances, to more than 200,000 people.

In 1994 Alain Choquette appeared at the prestigious Caesars Atlantic City casino hotel, which extended his run to meet the demand. He gave over 150 performances.

Thereafter he put on numerous shows, both in Quebec (Montreal Forum, Casino de Montréal) and the United States (television, Radio City Music Hall, Caesars Palace).

Alain Choquette was one of the main collaborators in the exhibition Play Ball Montreal! A Century of Baseball in Quebec, which was hosted by the McCord Museum from May 18 to October 22, 2000. His collection consists of some 800 items, ranging from a Montreal Royals jersey to personal letters from Jackie Robinson and a glove that belonged to Maurice Richard. Assembled over many years, the collection reflects Choquette's personal whims and interests, which extend well beyond those of a mere collector, as he restores many of his finds himself.

Alain Choquette is involved in a number of charity organizations, including the Association des enfants trisomiques (for children with Down's syndrome), and he is a spokesman for the Défi sportif des athlètes handicapés.

Scope and Content:

This collection concerns Canadian baseball, and more specifically Quebec amateur and professional baseball and softball teams. It contains photographs of teams such as the Montreal Royals, the Victoriaville Baseball Club and the Montreal Baseball Club, portraits of players and umpires like Tommy Lasorda, Jackie Robinson and Roberto Clemente, pictures taken during games and others of various baseball-related scenes.

It also contains textual material such as programs, calendars, score cards, posters, newspaper clippings and leaflets. There is also a letter written by Roy Campanella, the first black catcher to play professionally in Major League Baseball.